Although it was released today, all of the photos Hyundai shared of the Ioniq 5 were set in either a studio or against a chic but somewhat abstracted background. And while that’s all well and good, we can now share photos of the exciting new EV driving on real roads.
While we love the studio photography, it doesn’t really convey the size of the Ioniq 5. In our post detailing the car’s launch, we called it a mid-size CUV and we did that advisedly.
This Korean has a longer wheelbase than the previous Cadillac Escalade!
Although you could be easily fooled into thinking it’s a compact hatchback from the press shots, its 118-inch wheelbase is around 4-inches longer than the Palisade’s, nearly 1 inch longer than the current BMW X5 and 2 inches longer than the previous, fourth generation (2015-2020) Cadillac Escalade!
Mind you, there are some EV tricks going on there. At 182.4-inches (4,635mm) long, the Ioniq 5 is 13.7 inches ( 348mm) shorter than the Palisade. Still, though, it’s longer and wider than a Tucson, having essentially a similar footprint to the latest BMW X3 SUV (183.3 in / 4,657mm long).
That comes across a little more in these photos, which show a driver inside the car, helping to give the EV a better sense of scale. They also help place the crossover in the context of the real world.
Although the studio shots really make it look retro-futuristic, when it’s painted a more conventional color with a bit of snow on it, the strength of its aesthetic is scaled back a bit. It looks like a more normal car, albeit still a handsome one in this writer’s opinion.
Riding on Hyundai’s shiny new Electric-Global Modular Platform, the Ioniq 5 is good for up to 298 miles (480 km) of range on Europe’s WLTP test cycle thanks to a 72.6 kWh battery. A smaller battery pack is also available, as are one- or two-motor layouts.
With two motors, the crossover makes 302 hp and can get to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, a little faster than an Audi e-tron. In its most efficient level of trim (one motor, big battery), power is limited to 167 hp and the 0-60 time stretches to 8.5-seconds.
Capable of 400- and 800-volt charging, Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 can recharge from 10 to 80% in as little as 18 minutes. Perhaps more relevantly, the automaker claims that five minutes of charging on a 350 kW charger is enough to get it an extra 62 miles of range.
Inside, meanwhile, the Ioniq 5 wants to be chic and livable. Following in the green spirit of the electric powertrain, the materials inside the vehicle are all sustainably sourced. That means recycled plastics, plant-based yarns, eco-processed leather, and more.
Hyundai plans to start selling the Ioniq 5 in Europe about halfway through 2021 and in the US this fall. You can read more about the vehicle in our full article about it from earlier today.